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Fishing on Toledo Bend Lake

Greg Crafts owns and operates Toledo Bend Guide Service and Lake Cottage on the north end of the lake out of Huxley, Tx. Greg has been fishing Toledo Bend since it's impoundment and has been running his guide service full time since 1993. Whether you're a visiting pro preparing for a tournament, a novice wanting to learn the basics or a businessman wanting to entertain your clients, Greg can accommodate you. Specializing in Black Bass, White Bass, Bream and Crappie. For more information visit Greg's website at http://www.toledo-bend.net/toledobend

Toledo Bend Reservoir Fishing Report
April 3, 2017

At the time of this report, the lake is in great shape running about 3ft below high pool with plenty of water.

For the second year in a row, the Bassmasters Elite will be coming to Toledo Bend April 6th-9th. I expect a lot of big stringers will be brought to the scales. In fact, some huge five fish stringers, 30lbs plus, have been hitting the local tournament scales.

With the unseasonably warm winter and early spring temperatures, many fish started moving into the shallows earlier than in typical years. In fact, the month of February was the warmest month on record

April is normally a transition month with a lot of fish having spawned and moving back into deeper water. Some bass will still be on the beds and in shallow water while others will have spawned and will be moving back out to deeper water. Moving off the beds they will try to find a comfortable environment where they can recuperate from the spawn and gradually move into their summer haunts. The bass will migrate along the creeks, ditches and secondary points, so concentrate in these areas, especially areas that have some type of structure or cover. A variety of baits will be productive from top water plugs, buzz baits, spinner baits, frogs, jerk & swim baits, Rat-L-Traps, shallow to mid-diving crank baits, finesse plastics and your variety of worms.

Usually in the latter part of April the Bream will start moving into shallow water for their spawn. An ultra-lite spinning rig, cane or glass pole and a bucket of crickets or worms will surely fill up a chest of big ole bream. Look for “honey-cone” circles in the shallows to locate the beds.

Look for the Crappie in the backs of the coves and pockets. If you don’t find them shallow, follow the points and bends in the creeks as they head back out to deep water.

The White bass are finishing up their spawn in the river proper and are heading back into the main lake. Some of the best fishing can be had this time of year as they bunch up on the north end sandbars. Slab spoons, tail spinners, Rat-L-traps or live crawfish work best.

If you would like an updated report or a guided trip, please contact me.

Greg Crafts
Rt. 1, Bx 1347
Shelbyville, Tx. 75973
(936) 368-7151